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Why do my clothes smell from the laundromat?

Asked by anniereborn (15461points) March 8th, 2022

I have started washing all my clothes/linens at a laundromat.
It seems to be a very nice and clean place.
However, and I mean no offense to anyone, my clothes smell like a Salvation Army thrift store. My house is starting to smell like it now too cuz of the bedding.

What is going on and how do I fix it?

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janbb's avatar

Don’t know what’s going on but maybe don’t fold them in the laundromat? Take the out of the dryer and bring them home to fold. Or try strong smelling detergent??

cookieman's avatar

Washing machines pick up odors from dirty clothes and can be breeding grounds for mildew. That’s why they have run occasionally with no clothes in them with some self cleaning powder. Plus, when not in use, the door should be left open to discourage mildew.

Machines at a laundromat may not do those things.

janbb's avatar

^^I think the Cookie has the answer.

anniereborn's avatar

They don’t smell like mold or mildew though. I know that smell from my own very old crappy wash machine. The smell like old clothes. Like maybe clothes that were stored dirty or something.

YARNLADY's avatar

Covid related? My DIL says everything smells like smoke.

Brian1946's avatar

Were you doing your laundry at home before?

anniereborn's avatar

@Brian1946 Yes I was. Well, my clothes. I have no dryer, so I hung them all before.

Pandora's avatar

It could be someone had clothes stored with moth balls and took them to the laundry mat to clean and dry. Mothball smell is nearly impossible to get rid of and makes everything stink. You practically have to wash it a few times and still the smell remains a little. I learned that the hard way. I had to put some of my clothes in storage and put them in a plastic bin with moth balls to keep bugs and possible rodents out. I tried cleaning them once I took them out of storage and I eventually gave up and threw everything out.

KRD's avatar

Try putting some of that stuff that makes your cloths smell better. I can’t recall what it is but they are beads that make your cloths smell better.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

When I use a laundromat, I sniff the washing machines and dryers before committing to a particular machine. I also look into the detergent trays before starting.

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